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‘Titanfall’ Tops March Game Sales; PS4 Outsells Xbox One

March video game sales estimates for the U.S. have been released by market research firm NPD and it appears that Microsoft’s investment in the highly-marketed Titanfall has paid off – for publisher EA, that is. The March sales estimates show that Titanfall sales for Xbox One and PC combined to be the best-selling title of the crowded March release season. …

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HBO: We’re Not Losing Subscribers, Report Is ‘Simply Incorrect’

HBO has gone on the offensive following a recent report that claimed the pay-TV service was bleeding subscribers (thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime). “The research is simply incorrect. Both HBO and Cinemax services have shown significant domestic subscriber growth the past two years,” said an HBO spokesperson. The LA Times quotes HBO as saying they added …

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Are Chromebooks The Machines Businesses Want?

Are Chromebooks the right choice of computer for businesses? Google certainly thinks so. The company’s rivals (namely Microsoft) obviously disagree. Either way, recent data indicates that the light, low-cost machines are gaining significant ground in the B2B space, not to mention among consumers. Are Chromebooks ideal for business? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments. The NPD …

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Consumer Computer Sales Increasing, Thanks to Tablets

Throughout the past few years, the tech industry has watched as consumers bought fewer PCs each year. Shipments of PCs and notebooks have been declining for several consecutive quarters now. Consumers have not been lured in by new PC hardware features such as touchscreen notebooks and Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform has similarly failed to gain traction. This doom-and-gloom about he …

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Chromebooks Are Seeing Growth In A Stagnant PC Industry

It’s hard to resist the allure of Google’s Chromebook. For those just looking for a cheap Internet machine, Google’s sub-$300 laptops are hard to beat. That unmatched value is helping Chromebooks succeed in a market that’s been defined by nothing but declining sales the past few years. The NPD says that Google’s Chromebook has now gained 20 to 25 percent …

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Netflix Loses Ground to Other Streaming Services – But Not Much

Subscription-based streaming is on the rise, Netflix still leads the pack – but it’s lost just a bit of its stranglehold. That’s the word from NPD, who just published their VideoWatch VOD report for Q1 2013. According to NPD, the number of viewers using subscription services to stream television shows (think Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video) rose dramatically – …

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Smartphone Shipments Will Finally Pass Feature Phones This Year

2013 will be the year that global smartphone shipments finally top feature phones, according to new figured from NPD. According to the research firm, global smartphone shipments will hit 937 million units this year. That will just outpace global feature phone shipments – which will top out at 889 million. Looking forward, NPD says that global smartphone shipments will break …

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Netflix Is Incredibly Popular on HDTVs; Smartphones and Tablets Not So Much

Chances are, if you’re streaming a film or TV show via Netflix Instant, you’re probably watching it on your HDTV (either via a SmartTV or through a device with a Netflix app, like an Xbox360). NPD has just published their latest application usage numbers for Netflix Instant and it shows exactly which types of screens are popular, and which really …

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Nintendo Sold 890,000 Wii U Consoles In 2012

Nintendo has famously said it was going to sell 5.5 million Wii U units before the end of the fourth quarter. It’s now January, and the company that Mario built has revealed its sales numbers for the U.S. The results? It’s looking pretty good at the moment. According to Nintendo, it sold 460,000 Wii U units in December. Combine that …

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Gamers Are On The Decline In The U.S.

It seems like everybody is a gamer these days. The rise of mobile and social gaming has turned even the most unlikely of people into gamers. All of the new gamers have even eclipsed what was traditionally the largest gamer demographic – the core. The NPD released a new report yesterday that says gamers are on the decline in the …

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Video Game Sales Were Down Again In July

The video game industry was seen as something that was recession proof back in 2008. Everybody loves video games and people are going to keep buying them. The Wii was still flying off of shelves and people were gobbling up Xbox 360s and PS3s. Things rarely stay good for so long and 2012 has been tough for the gaming industry. …

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Xbox 360 Is King For 16th Straight Month, Sells 236,000 In April

Microsoft now has a couple of things to be excited about as we close out the work week. On Thursday, they unveiled a huge overhaul of their Bing engine that will debut a three-column format and heavily integrate Facebook (and other social networks) into search results. Now, some good news on the gaming console front. For the 16th month in …

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